According to a research, femicide rates in Argentina increased in the first two months of 2024.
According to a research, femicide rates in Argentina increased in the first two months of 2024.

Alarming Increase in Femicides in Argentina Raises Concerns

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Femicides in Argentina have surged in the first two months of 2024, according to a report from the femicide observatory at La Casa del Encuentro NGO. With more than one killing per day, the report highlights the persistent threat to women’s lives in the country.

Statistics:

By the end of February, Argentina witnessed 61 misogynistic murders of women and girls, a nearly 10% increase from the previous year’s figure of 56. 

This rise adds to the record-high 322 femicides reported last year, reflecting a concerning trend amidst economic challenges and political changes.

Government Response:

The new libertarian President, Javier Milei, has dismantled the women’s ministry, raising concerns about the government’s commitment to addressing violence against women. Critics fear this move could undermine existing protections for women, exacerbating the problem.

Observatory Director’s Concerns:

Ada Beatriz Rico, the director of the femicide observatory, expressed deep concern over the worsening situation, stating that violence against women has intensified, leaving women without adequate support and resources.

President’s Stance:

President Milei’s openly anti-feminist stance has sparked further controversy. While he claims not to be anti-women, his policies, including questioning abortion rights and discouraging the use of inclusive language, have raised doubts about his commitment to gender equality.

Many victims of femicide were murdered in their homes, and a significant portion had previously reported abuse. The report also highlights the devastating impact on children, with 77 orphaned as a result of these crimes.

Call for Government Action:

La Casa del Encuentro and other organizations are urging the government to clarify its policies and take concrete steps to strengthen protections for women against gender-based violence. 

With official reports typically delayed, NGO data provides crucial insights into the ongoing femicide crisis in Argentina.

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